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National Database and Registration Authority clarifies Imran Khan’s statement

Islamabad, July 16, 2014 (PPI-OT): NADRA has taken notice of Chairman PTI, Imran Khan’s statement in which he claimed that NADRA runs secret cell in the basement of COMSATS building. The spokesman of NADRA categorically rejected PTI Chief’s claim and termed it as baseless and unfounded. Clarifying the issue, he said NADRA hired two floors of COMSATS building in April 2011 to carry out Electoral Rolls printing for Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which is still under NADRA’s use.

In a statement issued here on Wednesday, he said, “NADRA entered into agreement with Election Commission of Pakistan in the year 2011 for digitizing and preparation of Computerized Electoral Rolls at a cost of Rs: 750 Million and the contract is still in continuation.

For this purpose NADRA hired two floors of COMSATS building. Subsequently, NADRA sub-contracted printing work to a private company (NIFT) through open tender process. NIFT installed its heavy duty printers at COMSATS building which were used to print only Electoral Rolls including Photo Electoral Rolls that were used in General Elections – 2013.

The printing facility is managed by NIFT, not by NADRA. It is not a printing press and has never been used for printing of ballot papers or other election material. Whereas, the printing facility is not functional since Dec 2013 after the local government elections of Balochistan held on 7th Dec 2013.”

However, it is pertinent to mention here that ECP had assigned the task of printing ballot papers to Printing Press of Pakistan at their facilities at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad under supervision of Pakistan Army. NADRA or NIFT was never involved in printing of ballot papers process.

The spokesman said as per the directives of Election Tribunals, NADRA is carrying out its digitization process of thumb verification in presence of Election Tribunal’s Representative where polling bags are opened and relevant election material is scanned before re-packing and re-sealing of polling bags.

For this purpose NADRA is utilizing the same COMSATS building facility. Once the scanning is completed, the election material is returned to corresponding Election Tribunal through its representative, he added.

He said, “NADRA has received the task of fingerprint verification by Election Tribunals against 36 constituencies all over the country (15 National assembly and 21 Provincial assembly constituencies). Till this date, NADRA has submitted its analysis report against 26 constituencies while stay/exemption has been granted by competent courts in 4 constituencies. Work is in process against 6 constituencies under “First IN, First OUT” principle. Details are attached as Annexure B.”

Giving details of thumb verification, he said, “NADRA has returned election material against 26 constituencies to corresponding Election Tribunals after submitting its report. Election material pertaining to 10 constituencies where work is under process or stay has been granted is in possession of NADRA.

In all such cases, proper handing/taking and receiving to the level of serial numbers and counts of each material are provided to respective Election Tribunal in advance. There is no question of misappropriating sensitive election material as its counting is carried out in presence of Representative of Election Tribunal and then the report is reconciled at the time of returning back the material to respective Election Tribunal.

Moreover, each report submitted by NADRA is subject to cross-examination by councils of Petitioner and respondents in the court of law. NADRA has successfully defended its all submitted reports in respective Election Tribunals.”

About the security of the facility, the spokesman said that NADRA has managed fool-proof security for the COMSATS building which includes deployment of 24/7 security guards, deployment of POLICE contingent at outer parameters, entry/exit record keeping since April 2011, CCTV cameras and recording and scanning of bags/personal items at the time of entry and exit.

It is worth-mentioning that COMSATS building facility has been visited by Justice Shakir Ullah Jan Acting Chief Election Commissioner and Honorable Members of Election Commission along with Secretary ECP in April 2012, he said.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +92-51-9252323 and +92-51-9252324
Fax: +92-51-9252325 and +92-51-9252326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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